Schools are being put on alert after 1,930 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) have been recorded in just three months. SecEd reports.
The Christmas holiday period is a time when young girls can be flown abroad to undergo FGM and the National FGM Centre – a partnership between Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association – is asking school staff to look out for the danger signs of those at risk.
Official NHS statistics released last at the end of November show that at least 830 of the 1,930 cases – which were recorded between July and September 2019 – took place abroad (with the location not clear in a further 540 cases).
And since 2015, there has been a specific legal duty on teaching staff to report to the police cases where they discover that an act of FGM appears to have been carried out.
Head of the National FGM Centre, Leethen Bartholomew, said: “We know from experience that many cases of FGM occur in school holidays, especially during summer and Christmas. It is important that teachers and other professionals are trained in spotting the signs of FGM and how to record and report it, so that girls at risk can be protected and safeguarded.”
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